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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

DeLand Man Sentenced To Six Years For Possessing Ethylone With Intent To Distribute

Orlando, FL – U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell today sentenced Jason Eric Phifer (33, DeLand) to six years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute ethylone, commonly marketed as the street drug “Molly.” A federal jury found him guilty on September 14, 2016.

According to court documents, between January and May 2015, Phifer ordered four shipments of ethylone, totaling approximately 5.25 kilograms, from a supplier in China. In May 2015, agents discovered a shipment of 1.5 kilograms of ethylone that was destined for Phifer’s residence. On May 20, 2015, undercover agents made a controlled delivery of the ethylone to Phifer at his home. Immediately after the delivery, they executed a search warrant at the home and recovered the 1.5 kilograms of ethylone, and they also found additional quantities in Phifer’s bedroom. Phifer admitted to agents that he had received the ethylone so he could distribute it to customers throughout the United States.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Postal Inspection Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Vincent S. Chiu and Sean P. Shecter.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated January 10, 2017